Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks Matchup Preview (4/24/22)
Despite being held in check for the third consecutive game, Trae Young did just enough to lift the Atlanta Hawks over the Miami Heat at home. Young hit a floater in the lane in transition to put the Hawks ahead of Miami with merely a few seconds left in the game. Jimmy Butler hoisted a desperation three-pointer in the final possession just before the buzzer, but the shot came up a bit short. It took a tremendous effort from the Hawks to win at home, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit to avoid the “NBA Playoff death sentence,” which is going down 3-0 to a team.
Still, most of Atlanta’s eventual success in Game Three can be predicated on Kyle Lowry’s hamstring injury that forced him out in the middle of the game. If the Heat had Lowry on the floor late in the fourth quarter, I believe they would have pulled out the win. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game, so there’s nothing to do about it except move on. Lowry is optimistic that he will be available for Game Four in Atlanta; hopefully, that is the case. Check out the betting odds section below for further analysis about this game and the series!
Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds
After a surprising Game Three finish, this series is still very much up in the air. With that being said, I won’t bet on this game until I hear more about Kyle Lowry’s availability. Lowry has played a crucial role for this Heat team, even if it doesn’t show up in the stat sheet sometimes, and much of Trae Young’s struggles can be attributed to his effort on defense. Young will have a mismatch if Lowry is out or only gets a fraction of the minutes he usually does. More than likely, I will live bet this game because the Heat have several players who are questionable, and I don’t want to jump the gun too early in case they are downplaying a few injuries.
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How To Watch
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Arena: State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA
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Miami Heat Starting Lineup
Miami Heat Analysis
Miami was one shot away from being up 3-0 in this series against the Atlanta Hawks, but an untimely Trae Young floater derailed everything. Regardless, the Heat can only blame themselves because they couldn’t hold off a fourth-quarter surge from the Hawks. It did not help that Kyle Lowry had to exit with a hamstring injury, especially since he’s such a solid defender and offensive facilitator! The hope for Miami is that Lowry will be good to go for Game Four, but there are several other players listed as questionable, too, including Caleb Martin, P.J. Tucker, and Bam Adebayo. I don’t think any of these guys will miss Game Four, but if they aren’t 100% healthy, that could be a problem.
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
Atlanta Hawks Analysis
Trae Young is a bad, bad man. It was almost unsurprising to see Young hit a game-winning floater at the end of Game Three because we have become so accustomed to him nailing clutch shots. Trae is the engine for this team, but this has not been the greatest series for him. In the first three games of this series, Young has averaged roughly 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds on 37% shooting from the field. Needless to say, Young needs to play a bit more consistently for the next few games if Atlanta is to stand a chance. On the season, Young posted almost ten more points and four more assists per game, so this output will not cut it.